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Old 13.02.2020, 20:46
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Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

I guess it is a live and learn experience, nevertheless I was thinking of reporting it to the police for the sake of it and for the protection of future potential victims. I've already reported the seller to Facebook but this usually results in no action.



The sum is not big, 12 fr. for a PS4 game, i've sent the money via TWINT so I have the phone number, full name and Facebook profile (looks genuine but who knows).


Question is: what are your thoughts? worth reporting? would the police ridicule me for wasting their time for 12 fr. or perhaps they look at it as a matter of principle?



By the way, don't buy Need for Speed Rivals PS4 from someone living in Solothurn ).




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The seller promised to send it the next day (Friday) via A-post, by Tuesday I didn't get it, so I asked, he said he sent it only Monday..hmm..ok. He said I should get it Thursday (dude, A post arrives the second day, but ok).
Thursday, he changes the status from "sold" to "available" . I say I didn't get it, he says he got something strange from the post, he sends me a picture of an envelope, stamped (on the 10th of Feb), with my name and address, telling me they couldn't deliver it and that he got back the envelope but without the CD (hint: the envelope had a folding mark in the middle, didn't look like having had a solid game box inside it AND..it was in perfect shape, not torn to get the CD out).

He said wait until Saturday if i dont get the CD he will transfer back the money, I already know I am not going to have either.
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Old 13.02.2020, 21:12
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

If you think it's a legit person running a scam, I think you can also start a betreibung (debt register) entry. I am not sure the police would care much for a one-off situation, but if it's being done regularly they might take notice...
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Old 13.02.2020, 21:26
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He said wait until Saturday if i dont get the CD he will transfer back the money, I already know I am not going to have either.
So the scam as you call it has yet to happen. Why would you expect the police or facebook to take action on something that has yet to happen? Given that you have evidence of the transaction and the person's number, he does not seem be very bright if it is a scam and that remains to be seen...
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If you think it's a legit person running a scam, I think you can also start a betreibung (debt register) entry. I am not sure the police would care much for a one-off situation, but if it's being done regularly they might take notice...

Aren't there minimum requirements/ground or some sort of regulation for filling in a betreibung? or is it open that anyone could file against anyone?


Additionally, I am not really after the money, not worth the effort...if I would file a report, in line with what you mentioned, it would be for the protection of potential victims.
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Old 14.02.2020, 09:39
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

for 12chf, seriously?? scam of the decade
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Old 14.02.2020, 09:42
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So the scam as you call it has yet to happen. Why would you expect the police or facebook to take action on something that has yet to happen? Given that you have evidence of the transaction and the person's number, he does not seem be very bright if it is a scam and that remains to be seen...

I wasn't planning to file a report, if ever, before Saturday, but I am almost sure I will not receive either the money or the goods.



The scam did happen, the moment I did not receive the goods on time with no reasonable explanation and the moment the game was put again as "available" after being sold to me.
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Old 14.02.2020, 09:45
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for 12chf, seriously?? scam of the decade
It's Friday, in case you didn't notice.

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Old 14.02.2020, 09:58
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for 12chf, seriously?? scam of the decade

I couldn't care less about the amount, again....if I would file a report it would be for the sole purpose of future potential victims...but if the police would already ridicule it and a report ends helping no one, then i am better off not reporting.



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Old 14.02.2020, 10:10
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

This doesnt sound like a scam. There are tell tale signs in the profile that would indicate its a fake profile.

Websites such as Ricardo I think give a 2 week window for payment and for reciept of goods, so you still have plenty of time to see if it gets sent or refunded. I would definately wait until mid next week and expect you may be pleasantly surprised.

As for filling or registering this. Start with your bank. You paid for an item via Twint. If it didnt come or was not as advertised you may be able to get something from the bank or they can chase it up with the bank the money was sent to.
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Old 14.02.2020, 10:30
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The scam did happen, the moment I did not receive the goods on time with no reasonable explanation and the moment the game was put again as "available" after being sold to me.
The scam did not happen.

You are confusing incompetent, irrational behaviour with deliberately criminal action over a period of time with multiple victims. The former is not uncommon, the latter is a scam.

Btw, when someone says it's not the money, it's invariably the money.
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Old 14.02.2020, 17:49
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

You still should wait a week. Re Facebook, was it advertised through any groups, if so report to the administrator of the group, if you do not receive item and no refund and it is advertised again for sale.


We once got something through Facebook, ca 80 to 100 paid through Paypal. Seller was very friendly by sms, apologizing could not post Saturday pm but would on Monday and was going to look if had something extra to add. There were several messages for a few days. Then nothing and nothing arrived, made claim via Paypal no problem. We could not fathom it out, put it down to someone who likes to behave like a child for their weird humour
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Old 14.02.2020, 20:21
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The scam did happen, the moment I did not receive the goods on time with no reasonable explanation and the moment the game was put again as "available" after being sold to me.
Nope it has not happened and before you can act you will have to go through the process.
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

Give him another week and then tell him that if he doesn't give you your money back it's fraud and you will go to the police. If it's intentional I don't think he realizes what he's doing considering he's using his phone number and stuff so it might work.
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Old 15.02.2020, 09:42
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

my son got scammed 200chf on Ricardo. The police took a report and even interviewed him. They were actually quite interested... they are looking for serial offenders...
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Old 15.02.2020, 10:28
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my son got scammed 200chf on Ricardo. The police took a report and even interviewed him. They were actually quite interested... they are looking for serial offenders...

Some years back OH was scammed by Ricardo ca 200 to 300. OH investigated details, address in a small village, some details did not add up.
Reported to Ricardo, who refunded, think their charge was between 5 to 10%, they said to report to Police.



OH went to Police Station to report, all civilised and was not sure how interested they were. Over the years police sent a number of updates by post re court cases, as a number of people scammed and amounts shown. I remember the seller was not Swiss Born, the rest is a haze.



One thing about Ricardo there is a upper limited what you can claim through them so dont send thousands. I do not have time to check, but pretty sure it is less than 500.


We usually enjoyed outings to pick up items brought through Ricardo and the odd time we sold enjoyed briefly meeting buyers.
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

Never had problems with Ricardo, but we do check if the seller's profile seems legit.

I wouldn't buy anything on Facebook though.
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Re: Scammed on Facebook Marketplace, worth reporting to police?

I'm pretty gobsmacked seeing this thread title today. Yesterday, by coincidence, I and a number of friends reported a Facebook Marketplace user in the UK, and (unfortunately) we also had to report one of the people she scammed.

One of the users, a seller, has created a profile using photos stolen from my friend's profile. One of the people who has been scammed for over £100, has posted the offending user profile along with screen shots of their messages exchange and naming this person as a thief, across several facebook group pages, and her friends are sharing this image. My friend (and former colleague) is very distressed to see a clearly recognisable photo of herself being used in this way. She sent a pm to one of the victims of the scam, but was blocked by that woman. My friend has reported this to facebook as 'intellectual theft' because her image is being used without her permission.

Personally, I'd only use facebook marketplace if to deal with someone I'd be able to meet with in person.
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Old 15.02.2020, 13:35
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Never had problems with Ricardo, but we do check if the seller's profile seems legit.

I wouldn't buy anything on Facebook though.
I have bought a car on Facebook, got a good deal
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I'm pretty gobsmacked seeing this thread title today. Yesterday, by coincidence, I and a number of friends reported a Facebook Marketplace user in the UK, and (unfortunately) we also had to report one of the people she scammed.

One of the users, a seller, has created a profile using photos stolen from my friend's profile. One of the people who has been scammed for over £100, has posted the offending user profile along with screen shots of their messages exchange and naming this person as a thief, across several facebook group pages, and her friends are sharing this image. My friend (and former colleague) is very distressed to see a clearly recognisable photo of herself being used in this way. She sent a pm to one of the victims of the scam, but was blocked by that woman. My friend has reported this to facebook as 'intellectual theft' because her image is being used without her permission.

Personally, I'd only use facebook marketplace if to deal with someone I'd be able to meet with in person.
I assume your friends are likely non-techie and old-skool about this kind of thing, but the best thing you can do on Facebook is not to put a recognisable photo on there as your main profile photo and make sure that your privacy settings are locked down as tight as can be.
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Old 15.02.2020, 13:47
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Personally, I'd only use facebook marketplace if to deal with someone I'd be able to meet with in person.
The few times I've used it, I used it precisely so (cash transfer in person while exchanging the stuff).

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